Chue Vue

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Chue Vue
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Board Member, Saint Paul School Board, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSt. Olaf College
J.D.William Mitchell College of Law
(dead link) Campaign website
Chue Vue is an at-large member of the Saint Paul school board. He won the seat in a general election on November 5, 2013.


As a child, Chue Vue and his family emigrated to the United States from Laos in order to avoid persecution from the rising communist regime. Vue and his family lived in Texas and Oklahoma before settling in Wisconsin, and Vue attended high school in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Vue earned his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Philosophy from St. Olaf College and spent the first decade of his career as a research chemist with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. He then decided to change careers and earned his J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law. Upon receiving his law degree, Vue founded the United Legal Law Firm, which specializes in family, criminal, bankruptcy and personal injury law.[1]



See also: Saint Paul Public Schools elections (2013)


Chue Vue and incumbents Jean O'Connell and John Brodrick defeated Terrance Bushard and Greg Copeland to win three at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Saint Paul Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChue Vue 30.8% 20,605
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJean O'Connell Incumbent 29.3% 19,621
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Brodrick Incumbent 24.6% 16,449
     Nonpartisan Greg Copeland 9.4% 6,307
     Nonpartisan Terrance Bushard 5.1% 3,417
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.7% 481
Total Votes 66,880
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 625 - St. Paul," accessed December 18, 2013


Chue Vue reported $27,616.64 in contributions and $21,486.43 in expenditures to the Ramsey County Election Office, which left his campaign with $6,130.21 on hand.[2]


Chue Vue received endorsements for his campaign from:[3][4][5]

Campaign themes

Vue's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[6]

  • Give parents a voice on the Saint Paul School Board.
  • Make sure that educational resources are allocated in an equitable and fair way.
  • Focus our energy on closing the achievement gap, not playing the blame game.
  • Make sure that the move to neighborhood schools does not mean less opportunity for our students.
  • Smaller class sizes for all our students, because smaller classes are good for our kids.
  • Invest in early childhood education, English learner, and special education.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Board President Jean O'Connell and fellow incumbent John Brodrick sought and won re-election, but fellow incumbent Elona Street-Stewart did not file for re-election. They faced three newcomers in Chue Vue, Terrance Bushard and Greg Copeland for the three seats.

About the district

See also: Saint Paul Public Schools, Minnesota
Saint Paul Public Schools is located in Ramsey County, Minnesota
Saint Paul Public Schools is located in Ramsey County, Minnesota. The county seat of Ramsey County is St. Paul. According to the 2010 United States Census, Ramsey County is home to 520,152 residents.[7]


Ramsey County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Minnesota in terms of its median rates of average household income and poverty rate but outperformed the state in terms of higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Ramsey County was $52,713 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Ramsey County was 16.4% compared to 11.0% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 38.8% of Ramsey County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 31.8% in Minnesota.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Ramsey County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 71.7 85.3
Black or African American 11.4 5.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.1
Asian 12.7 4.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 3.3 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 7.3 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[8]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 184,938 86,800
2008 182,974 88,942
2004 171,846 97,096
2000 138,470 87,669

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[9] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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